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Srimad Bhagavatam, Cantos One and Two, Seminar

Chapter Study Guides
by Hanumatpresaka Swami – ANJANA SUTA ACADEMY

(rev. 2011 Apr 16)
Revision Notes:
2011 Feb 16 - We are revising the Study Notes for our Bhakti-vaibhava diploma and use in the VEDAS curriculum that starts Gaura-
purnima 2011.
2011 Apr 3 – Extensive Strike-outs and Additions in red have been included for the Preface and Introduction. We have also revised
Chapter One Guide.
2011 Apr 8 – Changed “Preface” to “Foreword”. Eliminated Strike-though text and changed Red Text to black.
2011 Apr 16 – Tiny change to Chapter Two and reviewed Chapter Three. It seems fine.


    Preface, Introduction and Chapters 1-3
    Chapters 4-6
    Chapters 7-12
    Chapters 13-19

    Chapters 1-3
    Chapters 4-7
    Chapters 8-10

Hare Krsna. These Chapter Study Guides (CSG) for the Pada-padma Seminar (PdP) are going
through several revisions. Much of them were written by H. H. Hanumatpresaka Swami during the
year 2005 PdP Seminar while also engaged in his rigorous schedule of traveling and preaching.
They reflect the character of someone, probably like yourself, who is carrying on his regular life and
trying to study Srimad Bhagavatam at the same time. This current revision is being done August
2007 for the Seminar starting in Houston, Texas -- Radha Nila-madhava Dhama.

We hope these Study Notes are useful, but we are actually not finalizing nor improving them too
much because we want you to use them to do something better. We also recommend you look at
Burijana Prabhu’s new book, Revealing His Lotus Feet, which includes his study notes on PdP and
those for Cantos Three and Four.

In its current revision PdP CSG are at:

Suta to the Sages

Preface, Introduction and Chapters 1-3
Recitation and Memorization: 1.2.6-9 ttd
Duration: Four Weeks

Canto 1, Preface and Introduction
The Preface to Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavatam is very short, but very important. It was written
before he came to the West and includes the aim of the entire Srimad Bhagavatam project. Why was
such an enormous task begun at such a late age?
We should discuss the Preface again and again. Print it for distribution.
But here let us just ask one set question:
A Preface is supposed to include the following things:
- Why the book was written,
- Qualifications of the author,
- Qualifications expected from the reader and
- Circumstances under which it was written.
Do you find these in Srila Prabhupada’s Preface? Anything else?

The Introduction starts with a distinction between God as the Supreme controller and God as the
_______________________ ? Why are these different concepts worth noting?
Is this all an analysis, introduction, to the first Verse of SB. That verse is discussed topic by topic. Do
you see each topic? What is the Sanskrita for each one?

Sankara-acharya is one of the greatest ________________? What did he say about Brahman?

What does Vasudeva mean?

In paragraph four (In the moder age…) the Introduction continues with a Biography of
___________________. If someone asked you to describe this personality to him, how would you
respond? What other books could he read?

How did Lord Caitanya preach?
It is easier to penetrate with…. Or It is impossible to penetrate without…
What is imperative?
Who preach should in every corner of the world?
What is relation of BG to SB?
Who can become a preceptor of in the science of ____________________? (Bengali?).
Take notes on Topics for your Index.

In our 2011 Seminar, Patrak Das commented that each paragraph in the Introduction was another
pastime of Lord Caitanya. We were thinking that the discussions of Communism were maybe
outdated with the fall of practically speaking every communist country in the world, but from Mother
Rohini we got the perspective that Globalization has now become super central topic, and
Prabhupada’s comments about Communism apply perfectly to Globalization. We got a lot to offer!
Srinivasa gave some nice technical details about apparent mistakes in the list of Grammatical cases
and a citation from the Visnu purana, but guess we will note those down when we get to our Bhakti-
vedanta studied.

Canto 1, Chapter 1
We're in San Diego now (2005) with our regular schedule of travel and preaching. Reading the 1st
Chapter so quickly has been intense. It should get a little more even next week.
Welcome to those just joining
Catch up gradually as you like.

   1. Ch-1 is 42 pages with 22 verses (1.9 pages/verse).
   2. And, most of those pages are in the first three verses.
      Take them slowly, 1/2 of your reading is in the first three verses.
   3. Second half is Questions by the Sages. What are the six questions?
      Why do they ask these of Suta Goswami?
      Are the four regulative principles introduced?
      What right do they have to ask these questions?
      Where are they? Kuruksetra?
      What qualifications do we have or lack to hear Srimad Bhagavatam (Text 21 Purport).


There is so much knowledge even in this First Chapter. DON'T try to understand it all in one effort!
Try to hear it submissively and then read on. It will be repeated again and again. You are not the
primary student. Primary student is your sub-conscious mind. But if you are not hearing attentively
he will never be able to appreciate this.

Sure, get some logical understanding, but not TOO MUCH.


   4. But what is Srimad Bhagavatam? Is that the content of Texts 2 & 3?
   5. Text One is 9-pages! I count maybe 11-qualities of Krsna, Vasudeva, mentioned in the sloka.
      Is that a correct count? Does Prabhupada discuss them all in the Purport? Why should we
      meditate on Vasudeva, not economic development?
      What does susrusu mean (Compare Nectar of Instruction 5).
      What's a "Prelude"? (Dictionary?)
   6. Text One describes Krsna. Text Two describes ______(?)

   7. Is the following true of Text Two?    Please complete:

Materialistic Religion <=<< Srimad Bhagavatam >>=> Highest Truth >>=> Reality x Illusion (for)
Welfare of ALL. >>=> Destroys ____(?) & >>=> Sufficient for ______?

Who compiled it? Who can understand it? (Graph it!)

   8. Is Text Three more of Text Two? How? Two ways?
      Finis -- Are the Six Questions in front of you?
      Do you have any other questions? If these six are answered will it be enough for you?


No Key Verses in this chapter for memorization, but 2nd pada of Text 10 is famous.
Are you "mandah? sumanda-matayo? manda-bhagya? upadrutah?"
There is at least one Text more that I remember is really nice.

   9. What does Text Three say about relishing SB?

Canto 1, Chapter 2
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. How is everybody doing? We're in Tennessee now (2005) and
reading Chapter 2, on-line, at <>, at the local library. Thanu Ji hasn't got a full-set at
home, but he's ordering one this week.
       1. Are your Study Group relations developing? Sangat sanjayate kamah - One’s desires and
           ambitions develop from the company he keeps. It’s more important that we improve our
           comprehension of the value and techniques of sadhu sanga, good association, in reciting
           the Vedas, than just memorizing a lot of data. In Caitanya Bhagavata Vrndavana Das
           Thakur, who is the authorized incarnation of Srila Vyasadeva, says: My only ambition is
           to study Srimad Bhagavatam life after life with Lord Nityananda as my teacher.
       2. Chapter 2 is 35 pages and 34 verses, purports are half the size of the last chapter. Why? (I
           don't know).
       3. In this Chapter Suta G. starts answering the Six Questions. What is the first question that
           he answers, text number? Other questions, text numbers? Some of the answers may be
           in Chapter Three.
       4. Did you outline the Chapter? What is the topic of Texts 2-4?
       5. The Seminar Study Guide mentions 29-Key Verses worth memorizing. Twelve of them
           are in this Chapter (41%). Why is that? Are you chanting the 29-verses daily. I'm
           not! I started. I have them on one sheet of paper. I'll do it this week! [We are
           finding that we can pin all these memory verses to our recitation of our basic text, Nectar
           of Instruction (rev. 2011)]
       6. Chapters 1-3 are the first complete presentation of SB. So it seems that 90% of
           everything is in this Chapter Two. It’s hard (impossible) to "summarize" this chapter,
           no? Every text/purport is fundamental.

       7. Which texts address these ideas:
          - "The essence of the Vedas is that we should be good husbands and fathers and then there
          will be economic prosperity".
          -"The purpose of the Vedas is liberation not sense-gratification"
          -What is "dharma"? Its goal?
          -Bhakti to whom?
          -Support: Hearing and chanting is the essence of dharma and bhakti.
          -"I want to chant japa and read SB but I don't have any taste". How does he get it?
       8. Piggy's Favorite Phrases: "This relation of servant and the served is the most congenial
          form of intimacy", Text 6 (purport). What's your favorite phrase in this chapter?
       9. Next Chapter let’s discuss: Following moral principles, chanting Japa, getting up early.

Canto 1, Chapter 3
Hare Krsna, Prabhus,
How are you? A G T S P paoho. Here we are (2005) in the City Library in Murfreesboro,
Tennessee. Its 'nirjala ekadasi'. The Temple’s annual 24-hour kirtana starts in 3:45 hours!.

       1. In the midst of travel, preaching etc we've been making PdP our #1 Study Program
          because of you.
          Are you taking turns leading your Group meetings?
       2. We, Hanumatpresaka Swami, started our own permanent Group, the Anjana Suta
          Academy, in 1979 when we read that every Sannyasi should be head of this own
          institution for preaching Krishna consciousness. What about you? Are you going to
          form your own institution?
       3. If you are just joining DON'T TRY TO CATCH-UP. That's our suggestion. Just hop-in
          with the present chapter, chapter three this week and read along. Later catch-up if you can
          or just start at chapter one when we go through these first two cantos again next year. This
          recitation is eternal. Even the Gopis, when they begin to think of Krsna, they begin with
          His lotus feet, the first two cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam.
       4. Are you chanting selected verses daily? I'm still not doing it daily, but did it more last
          week and recorded them on my pocket recorder and listen to them!
       5. I don't want to Outline the Chapters too much, because that might inhibit you
          summarizing them. But it seems to me that Suta G. is trying to take us to Krsna by
          showing us His 'avataras'. How He is present in this world -- purusa-avataras, lila-
          avataras -- and then general discussion of 'avataras'.
       6. About 1.3pages/verse. How’s that compare with Ch's 1 & 2?
       7. MASTER'S STUDY: SB is a great study guide for Bhagavad-Gita etc. What verses is
          Prabhupada referring to in Texts: 1, 7, 24, 39? What verses from Rsabhadeva in 1.3.13?
          Do you know the reference from Sankara-acharya in Text 42? Name of the the work by
       8. In Text 2 I noted Prabhupada talks about the 3-features of the 'purusa'. The perspective
          we see is that there is only one 'purusa-avatara' but He has 3-features. This is important
          later trying to figure out "Which Purusa-avatar" it’s talking about? Well, the answer is that
          they are actually all the same personality.
       9. Text 5 is a great summary of all 'avataras', no? Put it in your Index?

       10. Texts 14 & 20 are very practical about our philosophy of good government. Whose
           responsible for removing a bad King, President?
       11. Which Text is nice for your Index on Buddha?
           "Hey, Hare Krsna, what do you guys have to say about Buddha?"
       12. What kind of 'avataras' are in Ch-10 of BG?
       13. What is the 'avatara' for this Age?
       14. How can we become fearless of death?
       15. Text 24, 25, 29, 40-43 Index as: SB, Its glories.
           Well, there was so much more! But I guess I'll try to catch it next time!
           Honestly, this is 2nd or 3rd time (2005) for me through PdP in a group like this and it’s
           really great. PdP are really going into my heart more and more each time.

A G T S P (Oh, yeah! All these translations and purports were written before Prabhupada left India,
no? His original volumes that he brought to USA are available. The English is little different. It’s
so great).

Now just 3:00 hours until the 24-hour kirtana begins.

Tommorrow we do a fire-sacrifice to initiate a disciple of Trivikrama Maharaja, have a NIOS
Incorporation meeting, Inter-faith Dialog with 8-scholars/priests and pack for Washington, D.C.
Same as you, Huh!
Who's talking to whom in the Next Three Chapters?

Narada to Vyasa

Chapters 4-6
Recitation and Memorization: 1ttd
Duration: Three Weeks

Canto 1, Chapter 4
[I think these were composed by Vaisesika Das, but maybe by someone else. We, Hanumatpresaka
Swami did not do them.]
     1. In a meeting of learned men, when there are congratulations or addresses for the speaker,
        what are the qualifications of the congratulator?
     2. Briefly discuss why Srila Sukadeva Goswami appeared like an ignorant person.
     3. Why did beautiful young damsels make a distinction between Vyasadeva and
        Sukadeva when each of them passed by the place the damsels were bathing?
     4. How is a sage recognized and how should one approach him?
     5. Why are the birth and activities of Maharaja Pariksit described as
     6. Give a brief description of the differences between the Vedas and the Puranas; which are
        more important?

  7. Srila Suta Goswami was not expert in chanting Vedic mantras. Is that important? Why or why
  8. Who are Satyavati and Parasara Muni?
  9. What place and period was Srimad Bhagavatam begun and why?
  10. From where did Srila Vyasadeva receive the inspiration to write Srimad Bhagavatam?
  11. What is the "Fifth Veda" and what is its importance?
  12. Why did Vyasadeva divide the one Veda into four?
  13. What is Garbhadhana-samskara and why is it so important?
  14. Why did Vyasadeva feel incomplete?
  15. Who appeared to Vyasadeva just as he was regretting his defects? And what is the
      significance of the timing of this event?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.5
  1. What is the prerequisite for being cheerful by nature? (Quote a verse from Bhagavad gita to
      support your answer.)
  2. What is the root cause of all despondencies?
  3. What type of person can solve the root cause of all despondencies?
  4. Vyasadeva is a great sage and an incarnation of Godhead; what was the cause of his
  5. What is the most defective part of worshipping demigods?
  6. What method should one follow to bring materialistic people in this age to peaceful life and
      transcendental realization?
  7. In text 17 what is the Sanskrit word for "immature"? To whom does it refer?
  8. In verse 18, to what or to whom does the word "kovidah" refer? Elaborate
  9. True or False? If a devotee falls down he's to be considered the same as a Karmi. Briefly
      explain your answer
  10. Give a broad definition of "hari-kirtana" and support your answer
  11. A river flows on till she reaches the sea. How does pure devotional service flow and what is
      it's goal?
  12. List a few necessary qualifications of a prospective candidate who expects to be elevated to
      the position of a pure, unadulterated devotee
  13. Briefly describe how Narada came to clearly understand the influence of the energy of the
  14. What does the Sanskrit word "cikitsitam" mean?
  15. In verse 32, what is the significance of the word "samsucitam"?
  16. "Singing, dancing and refreshment . . ." Can these really be considered part of a yoga system?
      Defend your answer with sastra
  17. In verse 38 an Acarya has explained the word "amurtikam." Who is the Acarya and what
      was his explanation of this word?
  18. Is Srimad Bhagavatam meant for any particular class of people? For whom is it meant?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.6
  1. What essential factor to the progressive spiritual path did Sri Vyasa exhibit in his relationship
     with Narada/ technically, what is it called?

   2. What brings about a "quich change' in life for spiritual realization?
   3. How did Narada view the sudden death of his mother? What did he do after she died?
   4. Why is it a good idea for a mendicant to experience all varieties of God's creation by traveling
       alone through various environments?
   5. In verse 16, the word bhava is mentioned. List the stages of spiritual development that lead to
       bhava. Is there any stage beyond bhava?
   6. What happened to Narada's senses when he was absorbed in ecstasy having been contacted by
       the Lord?
   7. Is there a mechanical process to see the form of the Lord? Elaborate
   8. Why did the Lord tell Narada he would not be able to see Him again during his present
   9. In verse 24, Srila Prabhupada mentions that in the Bhagavad gita the Lord says that
       transcendental service accumulates birth after birth.
       Please site the verse he is referring to
   10. Why doesn't it make any difference that the Lord was not seen but only heard by Narada?
   11. What is the only business of the devotees?
   12. Describe briefly what happened to Narada when he left his body
   13. In verse 28, Srila Prabhupada cites a verse from the Brahma Samhita Give the full verse and
       it's number and discuss briefly how that verse relates to the subject in this section of the
   14. According to Sri Narada Muni, what is the most suitable boat on which one can cross the
       ocean of nescience?
   15. Why is Srimad Bhagavatam described as "The mature fruit of all Vedic literature"?
   16. What is the "main pivot" in all spheres of devotional service?
   17. True or False. One can be truly happy within the material world

Yuddhisthira’s Reign Begins

Chapters 7-12
Recitation and Memorization: ttd
Duration: Six Weeks

Srimad Bhagavatam - Study Notes 1.7
   1. What narration immediately preceded the beginning of Chapter 7? (Answer: Narada muni
      explains how he successfully became self realized by devotional process.)
   2. What question is asked in the first verse of this chapter, and what is the answer contained
      through verse 8?
   3. What did Vyasa see in His meditation prior to composing the Srimad Bhagavatam (Texts 4
      and 5)?
   4. Why did the learned Vyasa compile the Srimad Bhagavatam (Text 6)?

5. If revival of love of Godhead does not depend on the mechanical system of hearing and
    chanting, what does it depend on? (e.g., why not just go watch TV)?
6. What sense works even when a man is deep asleep?
7. What question in text 9 prompted the famous atmarama verse (SB 1.7.10)? Who asked the
    question and who spoke the atmarama verse in reply?
8. Does the fact that Lord Krishna can attract liberated souls disprove the mayavada theory that
    the form, names and pastimes of the Lord are transformations of material energy? Explain.
9. Was there ever a time when Sukadeva Goswami and the devotees were not particularly fond
    of one another? Why or why not?
10. What is the precise verse in the Srimad Bhagavatam when Suta Goswami says he will begin
    the transcendental narration of Lord Sri Krishna, the birth, activities and deliverance of King
    Pariksit, and the topics of the Pandavas’ renunciation of worldly life? What was Suta
    Goswami discussing before that verse?
11. Why does the narrationi begin with the story of Asvatthama's punishment?
12. Was Duryodhana pleased by Asvatthama’s act of beheading the five sleeping sons of
13. What was Lord Caitanya’s desire that, according to Srila Prabhupada, will bring about the
    desired peace and prosperity of the stricken world?
14. When Arjuna spoke to Draupadi to pacify her for the loss of her sons, where did he promise
    her that she could take her bath?
15. Is being a brahmana a hereditary title? What is a “brahma bandhu”?
16. Even though the situation was critical after Asvatthama had thrown his brahmastra and a
    quick response was required, Arjuna took the time before requesting Lord Krishna’s advice to
    present suitable prayers to the Lord. What were the prayers? How long does it take to recite
    them? Why didn’t Arjuna just immediately ask Krishna what to do without first offering
17. Is the subtle science of hurling brahmastras by the chanting of hymns material or spiritual? Is
    it related or unrelated to the spiritual science of devotional service?
18. Why was Asvatthama’s use of the brahmastra not only improper but irreligious? Explain.
19. Which releases more energy, an atomic bomb or a brahmastra?
20. Can the world be destroyed by the whims of politicians?
21. Why was it proper for Arjuna to bind Asvatthama with ropes like an animal?
22. What is Lord Krishna’s position on the question of whether the death penalty should ever be
    imposed? Explain.
23. True or false: sometimes Lord Krishna outwardly encourages His pure devotees to do
    something they should not do, to test them. Support your answer with examples.
24. Was Draupadi’s leniency toward the murderer of her five sons a fault or a virtue? Discuss.
25. What reasons did Draupadi give to Arjuna in requesting him to release the son of Drona?
    Evaluate the merits of each reason. What learned and pious authorities approved of her
    reasons? What considerations and authoritative opinions contradicted Draupadi’s position?
26. What advice did Lord Krishna give Arjuna after everyone had discussed whether Asvatthama
    should be executed? What was His facial expression while giving such advice?
27. What are the prescribed punishments for the relative of a brahmana?
28. Why at this point in his narrative of Srimad Bhagavatam does Suta Goswami give a lesson on
    the obscure moral point of the proper administration of punishment to a criminal who happens
    to be a brahma-bandhu? How was this lesson relevant to the sages at Naimisaranya 5,000

       years ago? How is it relevant to us in 2004?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.8
[Seems that HpS starts his Notes again with this chapter.]
1. Besides the Prayers of Mataji, what else is in the Chapter?
2. What is the whole purpose of her prayers (Text 37)?
3. How many times does Prabhupada mention the Bhagavad-gita? Can you recognize all the verses
he is citing?
4. There are teachings on Varna-ashrama-dharma, stri-dharma (ladies dharma) eg. Texts 7-10,
Science and the Vedas, Text 13
5. Text 19, What are two reasons people unable to see Krsna
6. Text 21 is great to memorize and sing and chant. (also 22) and more VAD
7. Kunti Mataji is trying to understand Krsna. She hasn't got the Bhaktivedanta Purports
8. 32 - 36, Why does Krsna (is He impersonal, all pervasive) incarnate
9. 35, great summary of KC

10. 37 & 38, The question of work verses mercy. Some say that salvation is predestined. What do
these verses say..

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.9
Page/Verse = 1.55!
1. Chapter Eight was Prayer of Queen Kunti and Nine is full of Prayers of Bhismadeva. We can see
that 8 just finishes and the same commentary takes up in 9.
2. In my notes, there are no books here, it says "Text 7 + 8 Prabhupada Library". What does that
3. Here I begin Outlining the Chapter. I've refrained from doing that before because I wanted you all
to have the opportunity to do your own Outlines:
Text 1-11 Setting the Scene
4. Text 12-24 Congratulating the Pandavas (Text 12 is very nice. Three things to base you life on)
Text 12-17 Pandava's Position
Text 18-28 Krsna's Position
(Text 24 the Meter changes. Is like summary, no? We can also pray this prayer to Krsna, no?)
5. How do you compare the Prayers of Queen Kunti and those of Bhisma? Is their consciousness the
same? [Do they see Krsna the same way?]
6. T 25-31 ... Questions by Yuddhisthira T 26-27 Bhisma samhita. In the Maha-bharata this is several
chapters and as far as I understand Vedic scholars consider it one of the best descriptions of Varna-
ashrama-dharma in all of the Vedas. So Prabhupada's`purports are like the cream of the cream, no?
"Have you got a good summary of your social philosophy?"
"Yes, SB 1.9.26-27
T 30-31 Meter Changes. Theses slokas are meant to be chanted. Let’s do it. Krsna will pay us lotz of
$$$$ if we chant these verses. I chanted them and put them on my Digital Recorder.
7. T 32-42 Prayers of Bhismadeva. These prayers, all prayers, our life, is meant to glorify, amplify,
illuminate Krsna! What is the first illumination that Bhasma offers, Text 32? Is it the same focus as

Kunti? They both see Krsna as the friend of Arjuna, no? Who is Arjuna? T 40 Bhisma is in Virya-
rasa with Krsna. How does Madhurya-rasa fit in?
8. T 43-46 Disappearance of Bhisma. T 47-49 All go home. Yuddhisthira >> Hastinapura >>>
Chapter 10!

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.10
1. Like 46 pages / 35 verses so P/V = 1.25... Pretty dense, no. Got letters and comments from
Chaitanya and Subhra Prabhus and M. Ruby.
2. Summary. I saw Texts 1-6 as the Reign of Maharaja Yudhisthira. These are great to put in the
Index under Ecology and Vedic government. I´ve used them very successfully in lectures for
graduate students in agriculture!
3. Texts 4-33, Departure of Krsna from Hastinapura.
Texts 21-30 Prayers of Respectable Ladies.
4. 34-36 Krsna´s Travel Home.
5. Text 13, notice that Prabhupada is citing the Katha Upanishad 2.2.13. He does this soooooo many
times. In the Gita like in dehino smi yatha dehe. He cites it. It’s a POWERFUL sloka for convincing
"Vedic" scholars and defeating Vedic "demons". Use it!
6. Text 16 is Five Stars for the Index under "Stri Dharma", Dharma for Ladies!
7. Then the Prayers!! Ah!!!! Kunti´s, Bhisma´s and now the Kula Stri... Do you see a difference in the
Krsna consciousness of these different devotees? [Which one give words to your sentiment?]
Text 21---- How do the ladies start their glorification? How do they see Krsna? Lover of Srimati
Text 23 Again, the steps of Vasudeva.... We have to accelerate the senses. I always remember this.
My senses, yours too, are so DULL. Wake up! Chant your rounds. Wake up! Do your service with
Text 26... This is the purport to Isopanishad Text One??

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.11
1. Generally it [this chapter] seems like seeing more and more intimate relations with Krsna. First he
reaches His country, then His city, then His palace, then His private rooms with His Queens!
2. 1.4 pages/verse
3. Texts 6-10 More Prayers. What is their realization of Krsna?
4. In Texts 12, 13, 14 So much about ecology, ideal cities, 19, of course, Stri-dharma, varna-ashrama
dharma, 20 & 23 about actors and Brahmanas in Varna-ashrama.
5. Of course, nice biographies. I heard that Prabhupada asked one devotee, "How do you like these
biographies?" Devotee said that they were nice and Prabhupada said that he had spent long time in
the library researching them

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.12
Page/Verse = 1.55
Text 1.... Map!
Text 2 - Symptoms of Kali yuga. Do you see these?
3 - This is Rama-Krsna & Vivekananda?
4. Very good definition of education for our Gurukula in Lima!
6. !!! Used this purport many times for lectures on Ecology, Economics etc.
13. We follow the "pancha-ratrika" system.
17. !!! See, Prabhupada is quoting Katha-Upanisad.
22.13 again. It’s in the Gita like 2.14. Worth,memorizing!
19. Bio of Lord Rama. Good for your Index ("Bios").
19-31. Biography of Maharaja Pariksit. Compare your qualities. This is like the Self-Improvement
Books, no? Text 30 is very nice biographical note from Prabhupada.
Prabhupada puts so much in the purports that it’s like reading a summary of the whole Bhagavatam.
This section was written before Prabhupada ever came to the West. It has a very nice flavor

Yuddhisthira’s Reign Ends and Kali-yuga’s Begins

Chapters 13-19
Duration: Six Weeks

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.13
Page/Verse = 1.3
This 13th chapter is full of etiquette, no?
How to receive a Mahatma like Vidura. How a Mahatma like Vidura acts.
And... ... then the result of this Sadhu, Grhastha relation, renunciation. What are the 3-kinds of
renunciation mentioned?
I'm reading this Chapter with high fever still, the veins in my brains beginning to come back to
normal size, but even still such a nice thing to read in your association. Eternal benefit even though
only 35% comprehension.
Etiquette for men and so much for ladies also, Gandhari, biographies.
Kunti and Gandhari did austerities at the end together, no? Imagine that. They were enemies? At the
end how close they must have been when all the fantasy was coming to a close.
Will we have friends like that at the end of our days in ISKCON?
Will we act like Sadhus and Yuddhisthiras and do our duties in Sankirtana during this life?
I think that the whole Chapter is nicely summarized in 1.13.23, "Dhrtarastra is a typical example of
an attached old man in household life". Are we becoming like that? Many of us are getting old.
Cancer and joint replacement surgery are on all sides.
How can we follow Dhrtarastra's example?
I have an outline of the Chapter. Do you have one?

Just by reading your outline later you can remember much of the content. Best text is maybe 1.13.47,
Memorized it?
But.... but.... Real thing is to enter into the "drama" of this episode: Old man, younger family
members, an Uncle who is a real saint

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.14
1) Chapter Fourteen is short, page/verse= .88. Krsna's mission of incarrnation is finished. Vaikuntha
pastimes are finished. Maharaja Pariksit is grown up. Time to go back to Godhead or next Sankirtana
spot. This material world is not a place of permanent settlement for ANYONE, even with Krsna. Are
you ready to retire? Is Krsna calling you like He's calling Yuddhisthira?
2) Text 3 we give 5-Stars as information on Varna-ashrama-dharma. What is "foul means of
livelihood"? Are you engaged in that? Are you making your maintenance by following your 'dharma'
whether the result is big or small?
3) Text 8 is the answer to a question that we have heard for years. After years, by reading, rereading,
we get the answer: Why does Krsna say in the Gita, "Surrender unto that Supreme Lord..." when He
Himself is talking? Why doesn't He say surrender unto me? Here's the answer, Text 8: "In the BG
there are different statements by the Lord, and each of these statement is meant for different plenary
portions or portions of the plenary portions". You want to be all successful, richer than Bill Gates,
more powerful than President Bush? You can have it. You can have immortality to start with, but we
have to know how to stay with Krsna. He's not ONE. He's manifest in different ways such as
explained in Chapter 10 and 11 of the BG, and mentioned by Yuddhisthira in SB 1.14. What's the
result of chanting Hare Krsna unless it teaches you about Krsna and how He is expanded (in your
practical life).
4) Text 37. Another Biography. This time Satyabhama. She's one of the most famous Queens of the
Lord, no? Her love for Krsna is a dynamic thing that She grows with fierce intensity. Who can love
Krsna better than Satyabhama? Was she a timid girl? What did she do when her Daddy was
murdered? Who is she in Lord Caitanya's pastimes? To whom did she go to get lessons about how
to please Krsna, her husband? Do we have that kind of love in us? Can we cultivate it like a
gardener cultivates a plant or a race car driver builds and tests and builds his machine?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.15
Are you struggling to do our reading? We are. It is austerity, no doubt., but reading is one of the
essential elements of our Krsna Conscious cure. We have to keep on struggling. Inspiring each
other and go on. It becomes more and more natural, reading, more and more addictive, more and
more practical.

Chapter 15
Departure of Lord Krsna
69-pages/51-verses = 1.35 pg/vs
This Chapter seems to full of lila-smaranam, meditating on, remembering, the pastimes of Krsna. Of
course, it’s a continuation of the story in Chapter 14. Krsna's mission of incarnation was finished at

the Battle of Kuruksetra, but He stayed around this sorry earth for at least 25 years after that as
Maharaja Parikrshit grew-up. 25-years of fun like Vaikuntha. Then He left. Oooooh ! Arjuna was sad,
feeling separation from Krsna. It’s so nice to read the little scenes that Arjuna brings to life with his
few words of description. On which pastimes with Krsna does he meditate most?
Is Text 27 the essence of that meditation, smaranam?
What's the effect of his lila-smaranam
Who else leaves besided Arjuna?
More g-r-e-a-t biographys!
As always Prabhpada continuously cites BG to support our explanation, Krsna's explanation of the
philosophy. We should do the same For example, Text 30 has a paraphrase translation of BG 18.65.
Everytime I hear Prabhupada translate a verse in a new way I get a better understanding. Take the
time to chant these verses that Prabhupada uses from the Gita. Look them up in the evening for your
Bhagavad Gita class.

Understanding the analytical process described of Yuddhisthira we have to follow in his footsteps
and leave this slaughterhouse before it’s our turn to the axe! We have to see that we are obtaining
the same results by Bhakti-yoga.

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.16
These chapters, 16-19, comprise the immediate circumstances under which Maharaja Pariksit met
Srila Sukadeva Goswami and Srimad Bhagavatam was spoken. This is for our benefit, to guide us in
this Age of Kali
What are the specific symptoms of the Age of Kali?
Do you see these at your doorstep? In your work place, community, nation?
How does the example of M. Pariksit in beginning of the Chapter contrast with the Age of Kali?
What phrases from M. Dharani or Dharma's speeches and their purports struck you? I'm especially
stimulated by, "in the Kali-yuga the world becomes converted into a hell for the animals" and "the
world becomes unfit for habitation by the saner section of society"
In San Jose, Seattle, Boise, it’s all like that. Look around. Do you see that -- strip malls, asphalt
roads with racing metal cars, global hunger and homelessness?
I feel that and then I feel relief when I read that this is a natural feeling. I'm not crazy
But is there a solution? Text 5-9


Chapter 16, page/verse = 1.3.
It took me 10 minutes to read all the Translations to the Texts to Padmanabham Prabhu as we were
driving to the airport. Then we've been reading like ten pages a day and thus just finished the whole
Just do it here and there then write a few words. Contribute to the Group Meetings.
That’s all. Then we're winning. [Of course, our first goal is to develop this association, but then we
want to get better and better technique, rhythms, for study. Of course, the Full Morning and Evening
Programs, adapted to your situation are super.]

Srimad Bhagavatam is our very means of conquest

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.17
Text 27 (p) - "And in the absence of a suitable king to curb irreligious tendencies, educating the
people systematically in the teaching of Srimad-Bhagavatam will clear up the hazy atmosphere of
corruption, bribery, blackmail, etc."
So this PdP curriculum etc. is the solution, service, we should pursue. Do it and then naturally engage
It’s difficult developing an effective curriculum. There is no better pioneering work in ISKCON than
what we are doing right here
In general this Chapter is so great! It is all filled with practical knowledge. From the first texts,
again, what are the symptoms of Kali-yuga?
What does the White Bull represent?
Text 18-19 - The different schools of logic
Text 25(p) - Fasting two to four times a month may be accepted for spiritual realization... practical
details, practical details. We've been sticking pretty well to eating only once a day in the afternoon
for spiritual realization. What experiments, austerities are you doing?
Text 28 - True-of-False: "Oh, what can be done it is just our, their, bad karma"
We we’re in Boise when we gave daily classes on this PdP Ch to the good audience here and we
would see so many practical topics in each Purport. This Chapter can be the basis for months of
study in Political Science. The 'brahmanas' must be able to advise the 'ksatriyas' on the basis of
scripture how to understand and run the kingdom, its enemies, strengths [SB 1.9.27 ¶2].
Text 25, 32, 33 - Four pillars of sin and virtue can be followed by any religion. The basic principle
of religion is __________________?
Text 38 -- Hallelujah!             Hallelujah!
            H a l l e l u j a h !
This is the greatest Text in the Chapter (we think)
"Hey, Hare Krsna, where are the four regulative principles mentioned in the Vedas"
Well, here they are!
Prabhupada gives a "Hare Krsna Manifesto" in the Purport. Like it or not here he clearly states how
the Hare Krsna's would rule the world if they had political power.
Like it?
Text 39 - Why should we have Gold Coins?
Text 45 - T/F: The ISKCON GBC Body should be the Ultimate Administrative Body for ISKCON
and the Sanyasis and Bhaktivedantas should be the ultimate brahminical authorities for ISKCON?
So much to learn, so much to be done to establish systematic education. If we dedicate all our time to
these things Krsna will arrange all the food, lodging etc.
Write with some of your observations for the Group Meetings but keep it short and practical, no?
Just two more Chapters and then Canto Two, two-thirds finished on this time around.

Then we start again next Janmastami? But more systematically, more practically, more ecstatically?
Friends to the end?
Hanumatpresaka Swami

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.18
Krsna is bringing everyone together. It’s only a matter of hours before Sukadeva Goswami and
Pariksit Maharaja will meet. Why should they meet under these circumstances?
Text 13 ??? (Who do you keep as your intimate company?)
Text 18 & 19.... Are Western devotees described here? What are the steps in the process?
Text 43-46 More news for Social Philosophers...
Why was Srngi used by Krsna to do this horrible act?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 1.19
64pages/39texts. That's a lot of purports!
Mostly we see this as how to ask questions from a saint, Srila Prabhupada.
This chapter finishes Canto One which we see as the preface to the SB. So the final scene is set,
guru, disciple, audience and motivation, Kali-yuga is coming and MP is facing imminent death.
It’s time to ask some serious questions. Very similar to the circumstances for Socrates last Dialog, the
Phaedo, no? Nice to compare the two! We read the Benjamin Jowett translation. It was very, very

Text 24 is The Question and in Text 39 we hear wonderful news about MILK!
What things did you find interesting?
We noted:
1.19.2 - The whole family suffers for the acts of a fool.
12 - How the worst offender can be forgiven.
12 + 13 - Ettiquete on how to ask questions.
17 - Rituals. Which way should the roots of the Kusa Grass face?
Now Sukadeva Goswami´s class begins, Canto Two! The lotus feet of Krsna!

Sukadeva to Pariksit

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.1

Golf or God?
We read SB 2.1. It was hard to get English books in South America when we wrote this, but we did
it. Now we´ve started Chapter Two. Taking notes or not you remember something, learn somethng,
each time you read. You change. If nothing else we get so much strength just remembering that Srila
Prabhupada is not an ordinary human being. His words are incredible.
Chapter One
Now we start Sukadeva Goswami´s SB class, no? The whole First Canto was leading up to this. He
starts by focusing on the basic issue. Just to ask the question, "What should we do at the time of
death," is the greatest question.
Who doesn´t ask this question?
Well, then what is the basic answer?
Sukadeva Goswami will give his answer in three chapters: Brahman, Param-atma, Bhagavan
For me, what stands-out in this Chapter are the sections in Texts 20-22 which talk about "pantheism".
It’s a concept worth learning. Prabhupada will refer to it in Chapter Two also
It’s the First Step in God Realization. Do we need to practice that step, pantheism?
Can we help other people to make the "first step" by understanding pantheism?
Srila Prabhupada's purports are great. Just by reading them, even if we don´t develop great analytical
understanding of the philosophy of Krsna consciousness or remember all the details, we become
more pure, like iron becomes fire by associating with the fire. Then we will preach.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge", Albert Einstein
What do you find in Bhurijana Prabhu’s Study Guide

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.2
In Chapter One Srila Sukadeva Goswami discussed meditation on the virata rupa as the means to
purify the mind and hear about Krsna, in His impersonal form.
In Chapter Two what do you find?
Srila Sukadeva Goswami continues giving the austerities of a jnani to become detached from material
distractions, so that we can just meditate on the world as the Lord made it.
This is a universally accessible way to approach God.
Sir Isaac Newton said that there were two books for learning about God, the Bible and the physical
world where God has written with His own hand.
Newton would have agreed with Chapter One and then in Chapter Two the austerities of sannyasa
life, but then, going on to the techniques of a yoga. Learn to see God in your heart, and then going
back to the yogi, who has a desire to see, taste the planets of the different "gods" before he leaves.
Incredible! Read it slowly. It will change your day to immortality.
The purports like 2.2.30 etc. are very difficult to understand. I think even Prabhupada´s English is
little concentrated and the BBT English editors didn´t know enough to clarify it. Is that true? What
do you think?

But ... each time I go through it, it becomes clearer. Prabhupada ultimately says that we have to
approach these travels through Sri Krsna Sankirtana of Lord Chaitanya, but, if you chant properly
you will directly experience these things.
Want celestial pleasures from your Japa?
No, time? Just read Text 36, it’s a jewel!
Text 35 is famous. It’s a summary of the Sankhya yoga system. Put it in your personal Bibliography

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.3
In this chapter Sukadeva Goswami tells M. Pariksit that he has answered him about what to do at the
time of death. He then gives a long list of demigods and the benefits one receives from worshiping
them. He then quickly notes that one who desires nothing of material enjoyment should worship only
the Supreme Lord. But, he continues, even if one has material desire or wants liberation, one should
still worship the Supreme Lord Who is the Supreme benefactor of all.
In text 10, what is unmixed Bhakti compared to?
What does, "udara-dhih" mean?
What can cause the complete suspension of the waves of the material modes?
Continuing . .
Saunaka says that Sukadeva was a poet among sages and points out that all the sages present are
eager to hear what was discussed between Sukadeva and Maharaja Pariksit.
Srila Prabhupada points out:
The topics of Krsna are all full of spiritual significance. Anyone who properly hears about Him in the
association of "satam," certainly senses the great potency from these discussions and automatically
attains to the devotional stage of life.
Who are the "satam"?
Is there a difference in the ultimate issue between a nitya-siddha and a sadhana-siddha?
Text 17 gives the most important time management advice one will ever receive. What is that advice?
Which sastra says that demigods on other planets are eager to get a human body?
Why do they want a human body?
How are the transcendental topics of the Lord just like a potent intravenously injected drug?
Saunaka Rsi compares humans who squander their lives without practicing devotional service to what
various beings or objects?
Why is Deity worship so important especially for householders?
Can one maintain a temple at home?
If not, what should he or she do?
In his purport to text 21, Srila Prabhupada writes:
"The second-class devotee accepts disciples from the section of third-class devotees or nondevotees.
Sometimes the first-class devotee also comes down to the category of the second-class devotee for
preaching work."
What are the symptoms of a
1) First-class
2) Second-class, and
3) Third-class devotee?

From the purport of Text 23, give the definition of the "pure disciplic succession or "devotional
Can the Lord be obtained directly?
Continuous chanting of the holy names should lead to a change in heart.
If after chanting continuously, one does not experience a change in heart, what is the likely problem?
What is the main symptom of one who has had a change in heart from chanting the holy names of the

Brahma to Narada

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.4
[HpS 2011 – AGTSP pamho. I don’t remember who wrote the Study Guide for this Chapter, but it
is intense. Maybe too much for BhVai. Maybe not! We remember this Chapter as a Foreword to
Brahma to Narada Bhagavatam in Chapters 5-7.]

The chapter begins with Suta Goswami describing Maharaja Pariksit's
(MP) state of mind after hearing the speeches of Sukadeva Goswami (SG)
so far . . . MP "applied his concentration faithfully upon Lord Krsna."
Srila Prabhupada (SP) comments: "The whole Vedic adventure is to draw
one's attention entirely unto the lotus feet of Lord Krsna without any
diversion . . ."
To attain perfection (becoming a pure devotee of Lord Krsna) what two
things does SP say are very much essential?
MP was able to give up all attachment to body, wife, children, etc
because of his wholehearted attraction for Lord Krsna. This verse and
purport are especially important for householders because it
illuminates the method of spiritualizing all their possessions by
dovetailing everything to Krsna's service
Verses 3-4 Suta continues . .
MP fixes his mind on Krsna and begins to ask questions.
SP's purport to these two verses contain many important citations from
sastra from the likes of: Lord Caitanya, Rupa Goswami, Madhavendra
Puri and Prahlada. All these verses prove definitively that nothing
other than devotional service is the prime duty of human life. (Nice
verses to collect in a notebook and memorize.)
Verse 5 MP continues speaking to SG:
According to MP in the verse and SP in his purport to verse 5, what
result should the sincere hearer of Srimad-Bhagavatam expect to feel
when hearing from a person who is perfectly uncontaminated by material
Verse 6: MP begs SG to speak about the Lord's very wonderful and
inconceivable personal energies through which He creates the
phenomenal universes

SP comments: "For every unknown thing, we have to learn and inquire
from a learned personality." (This is a recurring theme throughout
this chapter).
In this verse SP also points out that even though MP's time was short,
he first asked about creation (not about lila – pastimes). Before
hearing lila one must "become qualified by advanced spiritual
techniques . . ." This is a "gradual process of service and inquires."

(Just see! This study of pada padma – with SP's purports and under the
good guidance of HPS -- is the most authorized way to approach the
Lord on the path of submissive hearing. Since we are starting here and
following the footprints of MP and SG our success is assured.) [HpS – I didn’t write this. Hmmm?]
Verse 7: MP inquires more about the how the Lord engages and winds up
His various energies (in a "sporting spirit of a player")
(HH Hanumat Praseka Swami (HPS) commented two times in his last memo
that "Lunch is already paid for.")
Question: What did HPS mean by this and how can you relate his meaning
to SP's purport in verse 7? [Two years later HpS can’t remember! Have to read the verses!]
Verse 8: The Lord's energies are inconceivable. Even learned scholars
can't understand them.
Perfect knowledge descends to one who performs devotional service
*In his purport to text 8 what does SP mean when he says: "After
surpassing the stage of knowledge, one is able to be engaged in
devotional service."?
*SP says, "A powerful devotee of the Lord is, by the grace of the
Lord, more than the Lord Himself." Give some examples
*According to Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura (VCT) in what should one
be "keenly interested" besides (or before approaching) topics about
*Briefly, write something about the significance of SG's "systematic"
remembrance of the Lord before he answers MP's questions. (What should
we think about and what procedure should we employ before we speak
about the Lord?)
*What does anupalaksya-vartmane mean?
*From verse 15: If a person from ANY religious group offers devotional
prayers to the Lord, he or she is sure to get free from reactions to
sins with what provision?
*From Verse 16: What does the culmination of the knowledge of Bhagavad
gita lead to? What happens after that?
*Why is 4.18 such an important verse? [In fact 4.18 is so dense with
important information, I will simply say, "stop here and read this
verse and purport at least three times before proceeding; memorize it
(verse and purport) if you can."]
*Text 19: What does SG mean by his use of the words: "gata-vyalikaih"?
Explain why SG uses these words and why SP stresses them in his

purport. What other sastras does SP quote to establish the same idea?
*Verse 20: Give the Sanskrit names of the various types of "patis" SG
uses to glorify the Lord. Give the translations of these terms. Which
one is most important to you and why?
*In verse 21, the word "anupasyanti" is extremely important. Explain
its meaning in the context of this verse
*What analogy does SP use to describe how the Lord awakens potent
spiritual knowledge within the heart of a sincere soul?
*Can a mundane scholar translate or reveal the true import of the
Vedic mantras? Why or why not?
*Verse 24: Summarize the various explanations of this verse given by
VCT, JG, and Sridhara Swami (SS)
Quotes to note:
*"Those who accept the path of Bhakti Yoga are factual paramahamsas."
[*Please read SP's translation to the Sri Isopanisad verse 15 that SP
cites at the end of his purport to text 4.14. (Nice!)]
*BIG VERSE: 4.15 yat-kirtanam yat-smaranam yad-iksanam . .
From Puport: "The devotees need not be disappointed in the physical
absence of the Lord, though they many think of not being associated
with Him. The devotional process of chanting, hearing, remembering,
etc., (either all or some of them, or even one of them) can give us
the desired result of associating with the Lord by discharging the
transcendental loving service of the Lord . . ."
*Verse 16; purport: "Lord Sri Krsna has repeatedly instructed Arjuna,
or for that matter everyone concerned with becoming His unalloyed
*Vese 17: "One who adopts this method [Bhakti Yoga] very skillfully
attains perfection of life at once."
[*BIG VERSE: 4.18; Read three times; purport too.]
*Verse 20: "Sex life in the mundane world is the root-cause of being
conditioned by the shackles of illusion . . ."
*Verse 21: "But the Lord is not like a shopkeeper trying to please all
sorts of customers in the mental speculator exchange. The Lord is what
He is, the Absolute Personality of Godhead, and He demands absolute
surrender unto Him only."
*Verse 22: "There is a gulf of difference between the two qualities of
sound, namely präkåta and apräkåta. The physicist can deal only with
the präkåta sound, or sound vibrated in the material sky, and
therefore we must know that the Vedic sounds recorded in symbolic
expressions cannot be understood by anyone within the universe unless
and until one is inspired by the vibration of supernatural (apräkåta)
sound, which descends in the chain of disciplic succession from the
Lord to Brahmä, from Brahmä to Närada, from Närada to Vyäsa and so on
No mundane scholar can translate or reveal the true import of the
Vedic mantras (hymns)."
*Verse 23: "As a fully dependent devotee, Çukadeva Gosvämé (unlike a

mundane man who is proud of his own capability) invokes the pleasure
of the Personality of Godhead so that his statements may be successful
and be appreciated by the hearers." [Note: This entire chapter is
comprised of prayers in which SG is invoking the mercy of the Lord so
that he may properly speak about Him.]
* "The intelligent man can see without mistake that any material
creation (whether one's own body or a fruit or flower) cannot
beautifully grow up without the spiritual touch. The greatest
intelligent man of the world or the greatest man of science can
present everything very beautifully only insofar as the spirit life is
there or insomuch as the spiritual touch is there." [So simple, yet
amazingly, not widely understood.]
[* Verse 24: Very rasika. Read the purport to Brahma Samhita 5.37
ananda cinmaya rasa . . . for an expanded list of the sixty-four
activities of fine arts and crafts that are offered to Krsna by the
* Verse 25: "There is no use in theories. Knowledge must be factual
There are many things that are complicated, and one cannot understand
them unless they are explained by one who knows. The Vedic knowledge
is also very difficult to know and must be learned by the
above-mentioned system; otherwise it is not at all understood."

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.5
[Again, super intense Notes!]
What led Narada Muni to think that there was someone else superior to
Lord Brahma?
How did Brahma react to Narada asking him about the source of his
intelligence and power?
Why did Narada, a liberated soul, seem to misconceive Brahma as the
Supreme Lord?
How does the personified illusory energy of the Lord feel about her
Is there any value to the five elementary ingredients of creation, the
interaction thereof set up by eternal time, and the intuition or
nature of the individual living beings beside the fact that they are
all differentiated parts and parcels of the Lord?
Explain how your answer leads to the conclusion that all living beings
should engage in devotional service and that all inanimate objects
should be engaged in the Lord's service
Quote to Note: "The subtle presence of the Lord is felt by the
intelligent man who can study the psychic effects of thinking, feeling
and willing." 2.5.17 Purport
What happens to souls who are not surrendered to the Lord?
Quote to Note: "By the omnipotency of the Supreme Lord, the whole

material creation evolves by the process of transformation and
reaction one after another, and by the same omnipotency, they are
wound up again one after another and conserved in the body of the
What can you say about kala?
What mode of material nature is more or less causes material creations
of every description?
What does Lord Siva have to do with the creation of the material world?
Quote to Note: "Materialistic ego, or the sense of identification with
matter, is grossly self-centered, devoid of clear knowledge of the
existence of God. And this self-centered egoism of the materialistic
living entities is the cause of their being conditioned by the other
paraphernalia and continuing their bondage of material existence."
2.5.24 Purport
Which potency of the Lord generates the false ego?
Quote to Note: "It is said that first the tan-mäträ sound is created
and then the sky, and in this verse it is confirmed that actually it
is so, but sound is the subtle form of the sky, and the distinction is
like that between the seer and the seen. The sound is the
representation of the actual object, as the sound produced speaking of
the object gives an idea of the description of the object. Therefore
sound is the subtle characteristic of the object. Similarly, sound
representation of the Lord, in terms of His characteristics, is the
complete form of the Lord . . ." 2.5.25 Purport
**Extra Nectar! Look up verse 11.21.36 for an interesting description
of Vedic sound
Quote to Note: "The whole process of creation is an act of gradual
evolution and development from one element to another, reaching up to
the variegatedness of the earth as so many trees, plants, mountains,
rivers, reptiles, birds, animals and varieties of human beings."
2.5.26-29 Purport
What does "tamasi ma jyotir gama" mean?
Quote to Note: "O Närada, best of the transcendentalists, the forms of
the body cannot take place as long as these created parts, namely the
elements, senses, mind and modes of nature, are not assembled
The different types of bodily construction of the living entities are
exactly like different types of motorcars manufactured by assembling
the allied motor parts. When the car is ready, the driver sits in the
car and moves it as he desires. This is also confirmed in the
Bhagavad-gétä (18.61) . . ." 2.5.32 verse and purport
What does the word "kalapayanti" in verse 36 mean? How does it relate
to the last part of this chapter?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.6
Questions and Quotes to Note:

In Canto Two, Chapter Six, Brahma continues speaking to Narada, his son and disciple, about the
opulence of the universal form of the Lord. By understanding this chapter, one will come to "admit
the Lord as the ultimate source all energies and thus pay tribute to the Lord for His good blessings." P
Those whose senses are not purified can hardly see the spiritual form of the Lord. The beginning
stage of seeing and thinking of the Lord then is to see that all of the energies within the universe are
products of the Lord's universal form: "His two nostrils are the generating centers of our breathing
and of all other airs, His smelling powers generate the Asvini-kumara demigods and all kinds of
medical herbs, and His breathing energies produce different kinds of fragrance." P.293
Quote to Note: " In the spiritual world, all the perverted forms of material variegatedness are fully
represented in their original spiritual identity." 2.6.1 Purport
Quote to Note: "Whatever a person may be in the estimation of the social order of things, if a person
tries to reciprocate a feeling of love towards the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is satisfied
with the blessings of the Lord, he will at once feel the highest peace of mind for which he is
hankering life after life." P. 297
Question: Fill in the blank: "In the material world, _______ ______ is the cause of many distresses
on account of material contact."
Question: Describe the difference between the front and the backsides of the universal form of the
Question: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu propounded the philosophical truth of simultaneous
oneness and difference. What Vedic source can you name that also confirms this truth?
Question: After reading Text 19, please write a short statement about the contrast between happiness
in the material world and happiness in the spiritual world
Quote to Note: "A householder attached to family life can easily give up such a life of sex indulgence
if he has been trained in the principles of the life of a brahmacäré." P. 313
Question: What does "Pancasordhvam vanam vrajet" mean?
Question: When Prabhupada writes about "happy spiritual rays," from what verse in the Brahma
Samhita is he quoting?
Quotes to Note: "The impersonalists argue that there is no use in worshiping the Lord when
everything is nothing but the Lord Himself
The personalist, however, worships the Lord out of a great sense of gratitude, utilizing the ingredients
born out of the bodily limbs of the Lord . .
"While the impersonalist wrongly concludes that he is the Lord himself, the personalist, out of a great
gratitude, worships the Lord in devotional service, knowing perfectly well that nothing is different
from the Lord." P. 320
Question: When Lord Brahma was first born, he had none of the ingredients necessary to perform
yajna, sacrifice. From where did he finally get the ingredients?
Quote to Note: "Brahmä, the original living being within the material world, taught us the way of
sacrifice. The word "sacrifice" suggests dedication of one's own interests for satisfaction of a second
That is the way of all activities. Every man is engaged in sacrificing his interests for others, either in
the form of family, society, community, country or the entire human society. But perfection of such
sacrifices is attained when they are performed for the sake of the Supreme Person, the Lord." P. 325
Special Note: Notice the nice translation SP gives to the Bhagavad gita verse: bhoktaram yajna
tapasam . . . (5.29) on page 325

Question: Whatever Brahma says has never proved false; his progress of mind is never deterred; and
his senses are never degraded by temporary attachment to matter. What elevates him to this state?
Quote to Note: "Anyone, therefore, who is earnestly serious in heart and soul about being in intimate
touch with the Personality of Godhead in the relationship of transcendental loving service will always
be infallible in words and action." P. 334
Question: What does "hrdautkanthyavata" mean?
Quote to Note: "Even in material existence, one is merged in the existence of the Lord. No materialist
can disentangle self from matter, for the self is merged in the external energy of the Lord. As no
layman can separate butter from milk, no one can extricate the merged self from matter by acquiring
some material qualification." P. 336
Question: After reading the verse 2.6.36 and its purport, list three main benefits (in Sanskrit and
English) you'll get from completely surrendering to the Lord
Question: Text 36 states that the Lord's happiness is so unlimited that even He Himself cannot
measure it. Does this mean that the Lord is therefore imperfect in this sense? Please explain
Quote to Note: "The conclusion is that one cannot know the Supreme Personality of Godhead fully
by any method, but He can be seen and felt partially by the devotional service process of hearing,
chanting, etc."
P. 344
Quote to Note: "This material manifestation is necessary to give a chance to the conditioned souls
who are unwilling to associate with the Lord in the relationship of loving transcendental service.
Such unwilling conditioned souls are not allowed to enter into the liberated life of spiritual existence
because at heart they are not willing to serve."
Question: Give a definition for "kalpa." (See P. 351)
In Texts 43-45 Lord Brahma gives a long list of entities (including himself) that one might mistake to
be the Supreme Lord. He concludes the list by saying that although they "may appear to be the
specific truth and the form of the Lord . . . they are not so . . . They are only a fragment of the
transcendental potency of the Lord." In his explanation of these verses SP points out that even
modern scientists are shaktas (worshipers of the Lord's energies) because they are captivated by the
wonderful actions and reactions of natural phenomenon
To gain perfect knowledge, one must come to know the truth about the Lord by following the
instruction of Brahmaji (who has personally seen the Lord)
Ending this chapter, Brahma tells Narada that he will now "state, one after another, the transcendental
incarnations of the Lord known as lila-avataras."
Question: What specific benefits does Brahma say one will gain from hearing about the lila-avataras?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.7
2.7.3 - All the avataras have their own planets in the spiritual sky!
2.7.6 - The Purport about Nara-narayana Rsi is very intense brahmacari katha. If men are supposed to
follow the example of Nara-narayana whom are ladies supposed to follow, Vedavati, Sati?
2.7.9 - Prabhupada mentions that there are more details of the life of Maharaja Venu in the Vamana
purana. That seems to indicate that he is suggesting we read that history from the Vamana purana.
Anybody have a copy?
2.7.47 - This verse is just like 2.4.18. We uncivilized dudes from California must take shelter of the
Lord's devotees. Srila Prabhupada, Ki Jai!

2.7.52 - "...Srimad Bhagavatam is so scientifically presented that any sincere student of this great
science will be able to understand the sciicne of God simply by reading it with attention...". This is
of a controversial point. Is it enough just to read Prabhupada's books or do you have to take initiation
from a current guru

Chapters 2-10
Visnu to Brahma

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.8
1) I've been making my own notes on SB, Prabhupada's books, for a long time. Again and again I
keep asking myself, "Will I use these notes? Are they being stored so that others can use them in
their sankirtana"?
For me first is Chant Hare Krsna, Dance and take Prasadam. Then books. Same for you?
2) Some things we saw in this Chapter that we want to put in our Index are:
2.8.3 - YOGA LADDER - M.P. was detached from his possessions, but he was still conscious of his
body. S.B. can cure even that!
2.8.5 (pf3) - PREACHING FORMULAS - Engaged in preaching work by automatic
spiritual impetus...gladly suffer for this cause.
2.8.14 - YOGA LADDER - karma, jnana, dhyana misra bhakti yoga.
2.8.21 - SADHANA, SANKIRTANA - Daily rituals <and> try to preach peacefully.
2.8.24 - GURU TATTVA - Must inquire. Can't know all guru has to offer.
2.8.25 - SAD DARSANA
2.8.27 – BIOBLIOGRAPHY - Protection of Suka'Gos in Brahma vaivarta purana. {Is Prabhupada
recomending we look at this if we get a chance}?
3) Chapter Eight is 1.3 pages/verse. Only 37-pages! What are the Questions?

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.9
Well, one more week and we come to the end of this PdP Chapter/Week Study!
This week we're on Chapter Nine of the Second Canto
How do you find it?
It's the most concentrated Chapter: One hundred pages and on the average Prabhupada’s purports are
TWO pages/verse! Of course the purports to the four essential verses of the SB are enormous.
1. Text 2.9.24 makes me ask if Krsna is sadistic? He wants to see us suffer to serve Him? Of course
if He does, O.K, then lets suffer. But that isn't like Krsna. Why does He want to see us "pains
2. Text 2.9.25-31 helped us a lot because we we’re trying to organize this Festival of Classical India
in Peru in September, 2005, and its getting overwhelming, so reading how Brahma was praying to
properly do his work of creative activity really helped us. Actually we had to really struggle just to
read the whole chapter this week and although we were inspired in general and specific points helped
us in our daily service, we haven't been able to organize an intelligent summary of this chapter.

This is of course our old question: How much intelligent summary do we need? One time
Prabhupada says, "So, you can make plans for serving Krsna, but better just to chant Hare Krsna"
So, taking notes, making outlines for our plans in service, is this really important, or is it better just to
The answer will come if we just keep on reading, that's for sure

Srimad Bhagavatam Study Notes 2.10
1.34 Pages/Verse
14-minutes to chant all the Sanskrita.
Text 10 has a l-o-n-g purport.
1-9 - SB = Ten Subjects, the tenth is Asraya, the shelter of the first nine.
10-34 - The Asrayas, Maha and Garbhodakasayi Visnus, what it feels like to be the Virata-rupa.
35-45 - Brahman and Bhagavan beyond the Virat-rupa also.
46 - Time
47-48 - And what about Vidura?

3 - "In order to explain the ten divisional symptoms of SB there are seven continuous verses (3-9)"
7 - Purport contains a Summary of SB! A verse for our Index.
10 - Summary of Texts - Sukadeva Goswami will now show the INDEPENDENCE of the Purusa-
avatar, and the DEPENDENCE of Jivas and Cosmos.
12 - Contradict Newton's Law of Inertia -- for our Index!

-Repeatedly we find Prabhupada stressing this point of Independence and Dependence in Purports
-Again, weren't these Chapters written before Prabhupada's standard Gita Translations? Here we
seem to find many unique translations of Gita verses that were later standardized. Very nice.
-Trying to read too much to fast doesn't work. To appreciate almost anything I have to read
O.K. Let's "start" our PdP Study again!
!Hare Krsna!
Lotus feet of Srimati Radharani & Sri Krsna, Ki Jai!
Lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai!
Feet of all readers of Srimad Bhagavatam, Ki Jai!
[HpS 2011 – We just finished reviewing these Notes. You can see that some were done by us and
some by others. We expect that you will do your work and extract what you need!]


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